Safety and the Environment

Recommended Lighting Practices

TXOGA, the Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA), and the University of Texas McDonald Observatory are working to reduce light pollution. Knowing that dark skies are vital to those endeavors, they have collaborated to create recommendations for lighting practices. The recommendations are targeted at operations in the Texas Counties of Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Pecos, Presidio, and Reeves to help protect the Observatory, and are equally beneficial across the industry.

Methane Emissions Drop in Top Oil and Gas Producing Counties in Texas

Texans for Natural Gas have released a report showing how methane emissions have been declining in the top oil-producing areas in Texas. The report emphasizes how methane emissions have dropped over 211,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide in the largest natural gas producing counties, which is the equivalent of more than a 51% decline. Throughout the ten largest oil-producing counties, methane emissions have decreased by almost 39%. Steve Everley, Spokesman for Texans for

TXOGA Safety Group

Oil and Gas is a highly regulated industry, but even routine oil and gas operations can be inherently dangerous due to exposures to moving equipment, high pressures, flammable / hazardous materials and environmental conditions. TXOGA Safety Group provides resources and presentations to spread awareness. Topics range from safety in the oil field, seatbelts, rig inspections, and hazards. This site allows you to access training programs, presentations and brochures on a

Did you know that oil and natural gas are central to our national security?

Did you know that oil and natural gas are central to our national security? What is a PADD? And why do they matter to your family? The United States has five Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADDs) specifically created to monitor fuel supplies and distribution capacity across the country.   The Petroleum Administration for War created PADDs during World War II to help allocate fuels derived from petroleum products.  Back then

Careful Planning Keeps Texans Safe Before, During and After the Storm

Careful Planning Keeps Texans Safe Before, During and After the Storm As the image below demonstrates, fuel infrastructure and delivery mechanisms are part of a complex system.   All levels of industry – including drilling rigs, pipelines, ports, tankers, barges, trucks, crude oil storage facilities, refineries, product terminals, retail storage facilities and individual gas stations– prepare comprehensive emergency response plans long before a hurricane makes landfall. Days before a storm strikes,

RELEASE – TXOGA Testifies on TAMEST Shale Task Force Report for House Energy Resources Committee

  The following can be attributed to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. Today Mr. Staples testified in front of the Texas House Energy Committee on the TAMEST Shale Task Force report, the TAMEST Shale Task Force report, Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas. “The study highlights the positive economic benefits of fracking and, very importantly, confirms that fracking is being done in

TXOGA Roundtable Meeting

TXOGA Safety Group meets in conjunction with Texas Mutual to discuss the best practices for the industry. The last meeting took place on June 8th. The topics discussed ranged from road work zone fatalities increase in Texas, conducting routine workplace inspections, and the SSE (Short Service Employees). The focus topic was centered around hydrogen sulfide (H2S) risks. For more information contact Jim Sierra at jsierra@txoga.org. The post TXOGA Roundtable Meeting

Methane Emissions Less Than 4 Percent

Thanks to enhanced technology and efficiencies, oil and natural gas operators are protecting and improving our air. Methane accounts for just 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and of that 10%, less than 4% of methane emissions come from oil and natural gas systems. Methane emissions from natural gas systems have decreased by 16% over the last 25 years while production has skyrocketed. Air quality improvements

TXOGA’s member companies supporting veterans in the community

TXOGA member companies, Apache, EOG Resources, SM Energy, Oxy, and Conoco Phillips are working together with others to make a difference for our veterans by supporting Freedom Service Dogs and the Faces of Freedom event. Freedom Service Dogs of America is an organization that takes rescued dogs and transforms them into custom–trained, fully accredited service dogs for veterans with physical, emotional, and psychological disabilities. The service dogs are matched and placed

Staples: Outdated transportation policy hurts Texas’ natural gas potential

Technology and smart policy are the reason Texas is the number one oil and natural gas producing state in the world’s number one oil and natural gas producing country. Texans are experts at responsibly producing oil and natural gas and safely transporting those resources – through more pipeline miles than any other state – to refineries and manufacturers who make the products we use every day. And now the Texas